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Dealing with sensitive teeth

By February 4, 2014 No Comments

Tooth sensitivity is a major concern of many patients say city doctors, especially in this season when the season is changing…aesthetic dentist says, “Change in season can harbinger dental problems specially for those prone to sensitivity. Tooth pain triples during this time. For some individuals it could be temporary but for many it could be very severe and take a toll and become permanent if proper care isn’t taken.”

The causes of tooth sensitivity may vary from one individual to another. But, irrespective of the age, sensitivity is a problem for everyone.

…cosmetic dentist, says, “Whether it’s that rush of cold, fresh air or that sweet and tangy taste of seasonal fruits to hot and sour soups, tooth sensitivity is no easy ‘zing’ to bear. Dental sensitivity (that sudden, sharp bolt of pain) is usually the result of exposed roots due to gingival recession, which is the movement of gums away from the crown of the tooth. Unlike the outer surface of the tooth crown, the root has no protection against the cold stimuli.”

… “Your teeth might experience sensitivity when you drink cold liquids, eat cold foods or even brush your teeth with cold water.” Physical pressure, hot food and liquids can also create discomfort, as can food that is high in sugar or acid. Exposed dentine — the inner substance of the tooth, which is covered by enamel is the reason for the pain. Dentine contains little tunnels (tubules) that link to the nerves on the inside of the tooth, and when dentine is exposed to extremely cold and hot temperatures in winters, these nerves are easily stimulated, resulting in pain. Teeth that are cracked or fractured can become very sensitive in these months, say dentists…, “Therefore, decayed teeth can lead to discomfort and pain. Exposed nerve roots, often from receding gums may cause sensitivity. The gums that recede over time, exposing the underlying root surface dentin are also one of the reasons for teeth sensitivity.”

Improper or vigorous brushing or usage of brush that has hard bristles may cause sensitivity. Tooth whitening and polishing products may be major contributors to sensitive teeth.

Periodontal disease can cause gum recession, exposing the dentin and opening the teeth to further sensitivity. The presence of plaque on the root surfaces can too cause sensitivity.

cosmetic dentist, says, “Eat the right food and maintain a balanced diet. Lot of vitamin and mineral deficiencies also causes dental problems. Eating high-fibre foods keeps the saliva flowing, which helps in creating mineral defenses against sensitivity. Good sources of fibre are dried fruits such as dates, raisins and figs, and fresh fruits like bananas and apples.”

Take care…

-Use toothpastes for sensitive teeth with desensitising agents. It works by blocking off the dentinal tubules, so that the nerves don’t get stimulated. Put a certain amount of paste on your finger and directly apply on the sore spot and gently massage it.
-Brush your teeth gently after meals and then floss to clean them thoroughly.
-Use mouthwash after every meal you eat.
-Avoid citric drinks and aerated beverages.
-Stay away from too cold and too hot and spicy foods.
-Sweet food will worsen the situation, once the outer layer of the tooth i.e. enamel is damaged. Sugary foods have easier access to the nerves of your teeth, which can cause sharp and shooting pain.
-Calcium is a prime ingredient for preventing tooth problems. Dairy is a great source along with other options like broccoli, almonds, nuts and dried beans.
-To maintain your oral hygiene and to get rid of sensitivity one must regularly visit the dentist to keep a check on all the factors that may lead to sensitivity issues….read more

 

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